Reviews

Colin Clarke’s review of David Lipten’s Show of Hands in Fanfare Magazine

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“There is no faulting pianist Mark Tollefsen’s virtuosity…an exciting discovery.”

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Rich Copley’s review of Schoenberg’s Canto, performed with the Lexington PhilharmonicSchoenberg review

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“But the rewards came almost immediately, when pianist Mark Tollefsen ran his fingers across the piano strings and the sustain melted into the violins.”

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Rich Copley’s review of Argento’s Valentino Dances, performed with the Lexington Philharmonic Argento review

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“The Latin dance piece also featured luscious flavor added by pianist Mark Tollefsen and saxophonist Lisa Osland.”

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Tedrin Blair Lindsay’s review of Stravinsky’s Petrushka (revised¬†version), performed with the Lexington Philharmonicpetrushka review

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“The orchestral pianist Mark Tollefsen also played splendidly, given the opportunity by Stravinsky for more virtuosic showmanship as a mere instrumental color than Saint-Saens gave the two featured pianists in his zoologival romp.”

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Announcement from Ablaze Records regarding their first Millennial Masters Mastertape prize

http://www.ablazerecords.net/millennial_vol1.html

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“David Lipten’s muscular, yet elegant set of piano pieces Best Served Cold, Ever Since and Snap won not only because they are marvelous compositions, but because of the tremendously lucid and effortless performances by Mark Tollefsen.”

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Loren Tice’s review of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, the original version for 13 instruments, played with members of the Lexington Philharmonic

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“There is not enough room for praise in specifics except to note the judicious piano playing of Mark Tollefsen in the Copland…”

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